Do You Have a Toothache?

Toothache can be the result of a number of causes and it is always best to see a dentist to allow for a professional assessment. It is never normal for a tooth to cause pain or to ache – it’s a sure sign that something is wrong and should be assessed as quickly as possible. 

Early treatment of a painful tooth often results in less treatment, less cost and less pain. Call now so we can assess your painful tooth and provide a simple solution. If no treatment is required – we’ll be happy to just provide an assessment and give you peace of mind. 

We often care for patients who have had some discomfort for a few weeks or months in the hope that it goes away. It very rarely does and typically gets worse and worse to the point of making sleep impossible and pain killers ineffective. Please let us care for you. 

Consider the following questions when calling:

  • Is the tooth sensitive to cold or hot? 
  • Is the tooth painful to bite on?
  • How long does the sensitivity last for? 
  • Is the pain sharp or dull? 
  • Does the pain start spontaneously? 

What Causes Toothache?

Toothache is a result of inflammation of the dental pulp – the tissues inside a tooth that helped the tooth to grow. Common causes of an inflamed dental pulp are:

  • Decay
  • Broken fillings
  • Cracks within teeth
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Bacterial infection of a tooth

There are a number of conditions unrelated to a tooth that can cause it to ache. These can be simple or complex and require the skill of a dentist to diagnose. Common examples are sinus pain and gum infection / inflammation. 

Toothache that has been quite bad but then goes away is often a result of the pulp inside the tooth dying. The next step is a dental abscess. Don’t delay treatment if you’ve had lingering pain in a tooth that goes away suddenly.  

How Do We Treat Toothache?

Treatment is entirely dependent on making the correct diagnosis which is why we always start with a thorough examination, often including xrays so we can see the internal structures of a tooth.

Treatment can be as simple as doing nothing, removing some debris caught between teeth or applying a varnish to a sensitive area of tooth. It can be as complex as extraction or root canal treatment. 

Causes of Tooth Pain Video


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